View Full Version : Rangers, riflemen, skirmishers, and sharpshooters

04-24-2007, 05:35 AM
I can't be the only one here who loves frontier history. For those of you who are continuously re-watching The Last of the Mohicans and The Patriot here's some additional entertainment:


I just found the site googling. It has lot's of links and fascinating reading for those interested in the subject matter. You can spend quite a bit of time there.

04-25-2007, 06:47 AM
Great recon Rifleman ! You had another post about a suggestion for sniper/recce units to "lighten" conventional infantry .
I have read a bit about the forming of light infantry /skirmishers to screen the line infantry . John Moore in the Peninsula I know about from Jac Weller .

Thanks a heap Rifleman . I really enjoy history of infantry articles.


Steve Blair
04-25-2007, 01:19 PM
This has always been an interesting trend in infantry; one that's often tied closely to technology and the level of trust commanders had in their footslogging subordinates. The development of Jager infantry in Prussia was closely related to the latter consideration, while expansion of some of the sharpshooter/skirmisher units in the Civil War was more linked to the former.

Very interesting stuff!